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Bay Cities Italian Deli


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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bread & cheese: italian roll, sliced wheat, sliced rye, sliced 7 grain, sliced italian. cheese: american, cheddar, havarti, horseradish cheddar, jack, pepper jack, provolone, mozzarella muenster, swiss, havarti. choice of meat: bologna, chicken, coppacola, ham (blk forest, boiled, honey baked, and low sodium), liverwurst, mortadella, roast, beef, salami, turkey (roasted, maple, mesquite, pastrami, pepper, salsalito)
Small $4.0
Large $5.4
Small With Works $4.35
Large With Works $6.05
bologna, cotto salami,swiss cheese (no sub.)
Small $5.75
Large $7.35
Small With Works $6.1
Large With Works $8.0
genoa salami, mortadella coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone (no sub.)
Small $5.75
Large $7.35
Small With Works $6.1
Large With Works $8.0
your choice of any meat & cheese listed below. extra meat (s) $1.25, (l) $2.35; extra cheese (s) $0.45, (l) $0.60
Small $6.55
Large $8.15
water mozzarella, onion, tomato, basil,oregano,olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper
Small $4.0
Large $5.4
Small With Works $4.35
Large With Works $6.05
Small $6.0
Large $7.7
Prosciutto - Domestic
Small $6.5
Large $8.05
Prosciutto - Italian Style
Small $8.75
Large $11.55
Prosciutto - Parma/hamon Serrano
Small $6.5
Large $8.05
Small With Works $6.85
Large With Works $8.7
Small $6.0
Large $7.6
Small With Works $6.35
Large With Works $8.25
Hot Pastrami Or Corned Beef
pasta salad, pasta salad w/o meat
Lb. $4.98
Lb. $9.98
Lb. $9.98
Caprese Salad
Lb. $6.98
Chicken Basil
Lb. $7.98
Chicken Salad
Lb. $2.98
Cole Slaw
Lb. $5.98
Lb. $2.98
Greek Salad
Lb. $2.98
Lb. $6.98
Da Ventura
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Italian Dressings
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Olive Oil
Small $0.05
Large $0.1
Red Wine Or Balsamic Vinegar
Small $0.5
Large $1.0
Avocado Spread
Small $0.1
Large $0.15
Small $0.1
Large $0.15
Cucumber Slices
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Italian, Deli
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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All reviews sandwiches bread italian sandwich meatballs ham salad godmother sandwich at lunchtime east coast my favorite meats loaves premade staple condiments lettuce california
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a SUBLIME, authentic Italian sandwich, go here. I can’t reccomend this place enough as a stop by lunch. I ordered the caprese baguette and it was honestly amazing. So much other stuff to buy also. Staff were very friendly.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 129daisyw
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

I was recommended this place by a friend and so my wife and I decided to try some sandwiches here on our last day in the area. The hours are not like most places. They close generally by 6pm. Parking here is limited and so...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pennstateshah
Reviewed 5 January 2019

Why go to nasty corporate Subway when you have some freshly made delicious sandwiches available here with other side options. I ordered the popular Godmother with all the fixings and it was really good and my mouth burned with the added hot peppers.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Creeping_Death_LA
Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

Had a meeting in Santa Monica, asked Siri for best deli nearby and she delivered. I will be back every time I am in town for dome lasagna, meatball...can’t wait.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ThrillNapoliUSA
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

From 2005-06 I lived in Venice and Bay Cities was responsible for a large chunk of weight I put on during that time. I simply couldn‘t get enough of their pot roast and meat loaf, and the white bread could hold its own even compared...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank marcmorian
Reviewed 12 September 2018

The bread is amazing. The meats are super fresh. The cheeses are great. Absolutely order at least an hour in advance, and be ready for little to no available parking [ yeah, they ARE that good ]. Lots to choose from on the menu. Bay...More

Date of visit: October 2017
2  Thank MLLCLA
Reviewed 24 August 2018

This is an old-fashioned deli / Italian supermarket. The sandwiches are crazy good -- I dream about the spicy Godmother sub with the fresh crusty bread, combined with meats, peppers and spices—but all of the sandwiches are out of this world. And the market itself...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Suzmarch
Reviewed 20 August 2018

In our family, we take pride in our sandwiches - proper meat to bread ratios and the right complimentary veggies or sauces next to its' best sandwich counterpart. Bay Cities Deli thinks like us. My son loves a good sandwich, so I made a point...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Barbara d
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is the best sandwich I've had since moving from the sandwich-loving East Coast to California. The small chicken salad sandwich was fresh, filling and full of hearty veggies and condiments. It reminded me of the "hoagies" we order for game days and family get-togethers...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank unabashedly
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Big fat Godmother sandwich and caprese sandwich. This family owned deli has been operating since 1925. The sandwich was really fresh and the bread was good. The bread is what makes the sandwich really good. To be honest it was a solid sandwich, but nothing...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank itsxjackie
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